As a Charlotte Chiropractor I see plenty of car accident victims on a daily basis, and I do a fantastic job of providing natural pain relief. After reading an article on the Business Wire I realized that many victims of car accidents unknowingly fall into the dangerous web of prescription painkiller treatment. These patients are unaware of the effectiveness of alternative care like chiropractic. Often times after a car accident, people go straight to the ER, (don’t get me wrong) this can be a very important step in saving one’s life. What people need to realize is that the emergency room is specifically for emergencies. The ER doctors check patients to make sure there are no life threatening injuries and often give them a pain reliever followed up with a recommendation to see their medical doctor. This is less than adequate care for the recovery of injuries sustained via motor vehicle accident. Once they see their MD they are usually given more pain medication and instructed to return if the pain doesn’t go away after some time (again, less than adequate care.) The individual is now left with more pain medication than needed and the potential for abuse. According to a report put out by the CDC in 2014, there have been approximately 30,000 fatalities by abuse of prescribed opiod drugs annually accounting for approximately 60 percent of all overdose deaths. Although the United States comprises only 5 percent of the the earths population, we consume almost 80 percent of the worlds prescription opiod drug supply. In 17 states the number one cause of death is prescription medication, surpassing automobile accidents.
Chemicals can not fix a physical problem. Chiropractic care mechanically rehabilitates the musculo-skeletal system by mobilizing joints that are stuck from accumulating scar tissue and stabilizing joints as good as possible that have been stretched. Chiropractors use gentle hands on techniques and safe mechanical modalities to assist in the healing process. There is no risk of addiction or overdose, there is no prescription or referral needed. The chiropractor will preform their own thorough exam, take a history, and x-rays if needed.
After an accident the pain and soreness may subside and often times the person thinks they have healed. The Accident Recovery Center a friendly chiropractor in Charlotte NC and experts in determining the extent of an individuals injuries after an accident. Even though the inflammatory response has subsided and the pain has gone away, there is scar tissue that forms. The scar tissue that forms interferes with the normal motion of the spine. The problem with loss of motion to the spine is that the human spine moves in part to infuse fluid into the joints, the fluid lubricates the joints and brings hydration to them. When scar tissue occurs due to past traumas like a car accident, the joint can not move properly and can not hydrate itself appropriately leading to its demise termed arthritis. Arthritis is when any joint breaks down due to trauma. The joints most affected by arthritis are the joints of the spine. Spinal joints lose cartilage and this is detrimental because the cartilage separates one spinal joint from another. Without this separation we would have a situation of bone on bone and that situation is very painful. Severe arthritis often leads to surgery. Even before the situation gets severe it can be painful because vertebrae pack on pointy bone spurs. The spurs can irritate soft tissue structures like ligaments and tendons causing pain. The next time you or a loved one gets in a motor vehicle accident big or small don’t hesitate to call us. Accident Recovery Center a Charlotte chiropractor can prevent serious problems from occurring in the future as a result of motor vehicle accident injury.
After reading an article at ValpoLife.com I realized that I had not written on the subject of plantar fasciitis in quite some time. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is a condition that causes pain and inflammation to the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. It is most common in runners (especially those that do not have the proper foot support), over weight people, and those who stand for extended periods of time. Symptoms primarily consist of a sharp, stabbing type of pain in the heel that occurs with your first steps in the morning, after prolonged periods of sitting and or standing.
Chiropractic has demonstrated that it can be very effective in treating this condition and preventing problems associated with it. Many people think chiropractors only adjust the spine. Most chiropractors are trained to adjust many joints including the upper and lower extremities (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot). One of the main components of plantar fasciitis is that the muscle and ligaments on the bottom of a persons foot become very taught. The chiropractic adjustment of the foot and heel can help to alleviate some of the tension on the muscles and ligaments.
Many people experiencing heel pain tend to alter the way they stand and walk to help alleviate the discomfort. The problem with changing postures to accommodate heel pain is that it sets the person up for injury in their ankles, knees, hips, and low back. The altered mechanics causes imbalances to the musculoskeletal system that can tighten muscles and ligaments putting pressure on joints. Chiropractic care alleviates the pain of plantar fasciitis with braces, shoe inserts, stretches, exercises, and realignment. Alleviating the heel pain alleviates the need for the individual to find comfortable positions to stand and walk. Chiropractors will determine how much damage has been done to the rest of the body as a result of the plantar fasciitis. The chiropractor will then implement the necessary methods of treatment to include but not limited to adjustments, stretches, exercises and various pain relieving modalities if necessary.
If you or a loved one is suffering from heel pain see a licensed chiropractor first for a total evaluation of your problem.